While the business community works quickly to support their employees and customers during the COVID-19 crisis, many have also asked how they can support Hawaii schools and students. Mahalo for this show of compassion and community during these challenging times.

The Chamber will continue to provide information here on ways that your business and employees can lend support to Hawaii’s learners. Please check back often as we will update information as it becomes available from our partners in Hawaii Department of Education, University of Hawaii and other schools.

Next Steps to Your Future

Did you know that 2020 Public High School graduates are eligible to receive individualized advising assistance and can take FREE classes at participating UH Community Colleges over the summer?

The Next Steps to Your Future project by Hawaii P-20 is geared towards 2020 HIDOE graduates and aims to connect them to postsecondary education, training programs, and employment.

With help from the Hawaii P-20 Summer Advising Initiative and the UHCC Summer Onramp Program, students will be given individualized support to transition successfully into their next chapter of life whether they are interested in schooling, employment, military, or are undecided.

Students can also participate in the Next Steps: Career Exploration program and take classes through the University of Hawai’i Community Colleges over ough the summer. All classes will be offered online and will be free for students! Sign up by May 28 for the next class beginning on June 8.

To participate, students need to opt-in by texting: “nextsteps” to (808) 460-8360 or visit P-20’s website here.


Free Virtual Career and Technical Education Chats

The Chamber has partnered with the State’s Career & Technical Education (CTE) office to help Hawaii students continue their learning remotely through virtual career chats on Nepris. A platform used by more than 1,000 DOE teachers, Nepris virtually connects students with guest speakers to gain real-world relevance and career exposure.

Throughout April and May, various community partners hosted live, interactive chats about different careers in Hawaii while featuring their very own company. Collectively engaging hundreds of students across the U.S., these live chats allowed for real-time guidance and advice from current professionals in student’s desired fields of work. Mahalo to our dedicated community members who have participated!

Browse our archive of local industry chats below:



Working in Tech in Hawaii

Aired on 4/8/20
10:00-10:30 AM HST

Hear from Ellen Ng, Economic Development Specialist at the Hawaii Technology Development Corporation about what it’s like to work in the exciting field of technology and innovation in Hawaii.

Starting and Growing an Ice Cream Business

Aired on 4/9/20
10:00-10:45 AM HST

Hear from speakers “Uncle” Paul Logan and Barbara Logan, founders/owners of Uncle’s Hawaiian Ice Cream Sandwiches on what it’s like to run an ice cream business in Hawaii.

Pearl Harbor: How Being a Contractor Can Jump-Start Your Career, Experience Not Required

Aired on 4/13/20
10:00-11:00 AM HST

Anthony Garcia, Recruiter at NSC Technologies chats about starting a lucrative career in the Shipyards and various career paths available to those of all skill levels.

Design With Purpose, Print With Aloha

Aired on 4/15/20
0:00-10:30 AM HST

Chat with Susan Hanes, Director of Development at Dana Labels about the array of careers in the graphic design and print production industry in Hawaii.

Not Your Same Old Digital Marketing! The Latest & Coolest in Digital Opportunities

Aired on 4/21/20
10:00-10:45 AM HST

Robin Kennedy, Vice President at Hagadone Media-Digital Services chats about the exciting career opportunities and pathways in Hawaii, within the ever-evolving and exciting tech and digital media industry.

Exercise is Medicine: A Career as a Personal Trainer

Aired on 4/28/20
10:00-11:00 AM HST

Hear from Jordan Ng, Well-Being Consultant at HMSA, about exciting careers in the health and wellness industry, as well as the many benefits of exercise that contribute to long-term health and overall vitality.

From Factory to Consumer: An Overview of Fashion and Supply Chain Jobs in the Footwear Industry

Aired on Aril 29, 2020
10:00-10:45 AM HST

President and CEO of Kaka’ako Kasuals, Kiakahi Wong, will introduce students to the fashion and footwear industries, covering areas such as design, manufacturing and the different types of jobs that exist in the supply chain. Students and attendees will also be able to ask questions about Hawaii’s fashion industry and more.

Creating a Freelance Career Where You Make Money

Aired on May 8, 2020
11:00-11:45 AM HST

Sensible Copy and Consulting – Learn from a local professional how to turn your writing skills into a freelance job that can be done remotely and flexibly.  Students and teachers will learn about building a client base, growing a business, and the writing skills needed to be successful.

From Science to Application: Engineering Design at Navatek

Aired on May 12, 2020
10:00-11:00 AM HST

This session will explore the types of engineering projects we work on at Navatek. Founded in Honolulu, Hawaii in 1979, Navatek is a global leader in developing cutting-edge solutions in the defense and maritime industries. We help our partners in the Department of Defense, academia, and other scientific fields. Tune in and discover what it’s like to be an engineer!

Plan a Career in Writing & Impact Your Community

Aired on May 13, 2020
10:00-10:30 AM HST

Link Coming Soon!

Learn why fostering strong writing skills increases career prospects, regardless of your professional background. Michelle Regan from HMSA will talk about the future of writing careers, and ways those skills can be used to positively impact communities. 

Becoming a Project Manager

Aired on 5/21/20
10:00-10:30 AM HST

Link Coming Soon!

Learn how industry-recognized certifications can increase your job prospects in the tech industry. Kelly Qian from eWorld will talk about her career path and the ways she used certifications to become an IT Project Manager.

Questions? We're here to help. To learn more on how to get started, contact the Chamber today!

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The Hawaii Department of Education will continue to provide students meals during school closures. Details on locations and pick-up times are detailed HERE


Hawaii Distance Learning Forum

The Hawaii Distance Learning Forum serves as a sounding board for educators to collaborate and share tips on delivering quality educational content to their students during the COVID-19 stay-at-home orders. This teacher-driven resource provides the space for conversation and shared discussion on best practices to engage students effectively. 

Resources for Educators and Families

Keep up to date with the latest information regarding COVID-19 response efforts from the Hawaii Department of Education.